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Appalachian Trail, Hiking / 09.10.2017

It was warm and humid and my shirt was soaked in sweat by the time I topped out on the first climb of 1200 ft. We had a few periods of rain. The trail became mostly easy but I was still worn out by the time I covered 15 miles. Here is where we ate lunch. Moose Mountain Shelter. We topped off water here but we were running low by the time we reached Ledyard spring, near Velvet Rock Shelter. Here is spring and sign. This salamander came out at night....

Appalachian Trail, Hiking / 08.10.2017

Our first day was a tough one. Not really. We covered 0.8 miles of the AT from Dorchester road to Trapper John Shelter. Our enthusiastic shuttle driver, Chis the geologist quickly filled us in on the 100 million year history of the area. The rain had stopped. Sheffy and I made our way uphill. I organized my cluttered pack, we set up tents, and were glad we did when we saw a bold shelter mouse. After dinner of red beans, rice, tofurkey sausage, and mashed potatoes, all mixed...

Hiking, Snowbird Wilderness, Southeast, Trail Guides / 02.09.2017

Trail Guide - Mitchell Lick Trail No. 154 (2.5 miles) From signed intersection with King Meadows Trail near Hooper Bald, Mitchell Lick Trail frequently follows old logging roads approximately 2.5 miles to a signed (barely legible and rotten sign) trail junction at the upper end of Snowbird Creek trail.  Mitchell Lick Trail allows for a nice overnight hike using King Meadows trail to make a loop that includes the entire length of Snowbird Creek trail.  A side trip to the top of Hooper Bald would be a worthwhile addition...